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RESEARCH ARTICLE | OPEN ACCESSDOI: 10.23937/2378-3419/1410101

The Disparities of Cancer Incidence between Sudanese Men and Women

Mohammed A Abdulrahman1*, Siddik M Shaheen2, N'Sanh MRS N'dri3, AtifElagib4, Alfatih AA Osman1, Manal A Elimam5 and Sulma Ibrahim Mohammed3

1Sudan Atomic Energy Commission (SAEC), Khartoum, Sudan

2Faculty of Economic & Social Studies, University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan

3Department of Comparative Pathobiology and Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, Purdue University, West Lafayette IN, USA

4National Centre for Research, Khartoum, Sudan

5Communicable and Non-communicable diseases (CNCDD) Department, Federal ministry of health (FMOH), Khartoum, Sudan



Currently, cancer constitutes a public health problem in Sudan. Many factors play a role in increasing the cancer risk in Sudanese people, which include environment, genes, occupation and gender. This study is carried out to investigate the cancer incidence differences between men and women in Sudan.


In this descriptive study, data on 45413 patients diagnosed with cancer throughout Sudan over five-year period (2009-2013) were collected and analyzed according to gender. Cancer types (n = 35).


The study revealed that in 80% (28 out of 35) of the cancer types examined excluding sex-specific cancers (prostate and breast), male were significantly diagnosed more than females with cancer.


In Sudan, during the period 2009-2013, men were diagnosed more with cancers than women and therefore they may be more susceptible to cancer.